Intelligence Researcher (Ref: 43383)

HM Prison & Probation Service

Apply before 11:55 pm on Thursday 13th May 2021


Reference number



£21,985 - £25,861
(Salary will depend on location)


Administrative Officer
HMPPS Band 3

Contract type


Type of role

Administration / Corporate Support

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time

Number of posts



This position is based 102 Petty France London SW1H 9AJ, Southern House Croydon CR0 1XG

About the job


Please refer to Job Description

Job description

We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice. To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace, visit:

Overview of the job

• The Researcher will support the Intelligence Analysts in developing the intelligence picture on a range of threats and risks impacting on their geographic or thematic area. Intelligence assessments will look across prison and probation contexts at ‘high priority’ offenders, offending groups and operational security vulnerabilities in their area.
• The post holder will obtain, evaluate, prepare and supply information for the Intelligence Analysts, in line with priorities for the Intelligence Unit. They will also disseminate the intelligence product in compliance with relevant legislation, codes of practice, standards, procedures and guidelines.
• The post holder will report to an Intelligence Analyst in the Units. The post is a flexible resource within the function and the post holder may be asked to undertake work for another Unit to respond to changes in priorities.
• This post is based in a regional Hub of the Security, Order and Counter Terrorism Directorate. Whilst the post has a ‘base’, occasional travel to HMPPS headquarters, prison establishments, prison regional offices and National Probation Service Division offices as well as law enforcement partners’ offices may be required.


• This is a key support role in the intelligence analytical function. The post holder will be expected to provide high quality intelligence research to the Intelligence Analysts.
• The post holder will need to obtain and work with large volumes of information in both written and numeric form, some of which will be held in bespoke databases. They should be confident in organising information, using software where appropriate to do this. They will also require strong numerical and written skills and an eye for detail so that information is presented accurately.
• The post holder will need to build productive relationships with a range of internal and external partners in order to obtain relevant information when it is needed and manage and respond to expectations of intelligence customers.
• The post holder will also require strong administrative skills and the ability to manage and prioritise their own workload.
• The post has no operational requirement. However an understanding of prisons, probation and/or law enforcement operating environment would be an advantage.
• The post holder must act with the highest levels of personal and professional integrity and champion these qualities in others. They must be vetted to Developed Vetting (DV) standards.

Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

• Obtain and evaluate information relevant to intelligence questions from a range of sources, in line with a collection plan agreed with the Intelligence Analyst. This may include, for example: interrogating HMPPS’ databases (e.g. Delius, NOMIS, OaSys, Mercury intelligence system); researching ‘open source’ information; obtaining HMPPS’ performance data; identifying relevant research (including HMPPS’, wider government and academic sources); seeking expert opinion; and information held by partner agencies.
• Prepare and supply information to the intelligence analyst. This will require organising information, using software where appropriate. Activities may include, for example: cross-referencing data sets; producing graphs, tables and charts; writing summaries of source documents; providing extracts of databases; and recording meetings/interviews.
• Establish and maintain a catalogue of source information relevant to intelligence questions.
• Maintain a catalogue of intelligence products and a database of intelligence customers. Disseminate intelligence products in line with handling requirements and in compliance with relevant legislation, codes of practice, standards, procedures and guidelines.
• Identify and pursue opportunities to enhance the intelligence picture by seeking new sources of information and maintaining good working relationships with internal and external partners who can supply information.
• Handle all information and intelligence in line with HMPPS’ policies, and relevant legislation.
• Take an active role in HMPPS’ intelligence analyst community, supporting own and colleagues’ professional development.

The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation Scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the job holder.


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We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace


• Access to learning and development

• A working environment that supports a range of flexible working options to enhance your work life balance

• A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity

• A civil service pension

• Annual Leave

• Public Holidays

• Season Ticket Advance

For more information about the recruitment process, benefits and allowances and answers to general queries, please click the below link which will direct you to our Candidate Information Page.


Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting.

See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Strengths.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
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Further information

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